Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Lost in Loveland
SERIES: Welcome to Loveland, Book Two
AUTHOR: K-lee Klein
PUBLISHER: K-lee Klein Books
LENGTH: 157 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26th 2016
Loveland, Colorado is a special place, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. The city brought Lucky and Jack together, but staying that way will take more than cold-air kisses and sweet valentines.~
Jack Canon should be over-the-top happy. He has a job that makes him proud, students who make him laugh, a studio that brings out his creativity, and a man who treats him like he walks on water. But shadows from his past keep coming between him and the joy that should fill his heart. Jack needs to reconcile some bitter loose ends, before he can move forward.
Lucky Roberts is in love—hook, line, and kitchen sink. He wants to shout his feelings to the rooftops and scatter little handmade valentines all over the world. He thinks he’s okay with not being perfect, and knows Jack isn’t perfect either. But when his own past rears its ugly head, Lucky discovers that old habits die hard. Maybe opening his heart to Jack won’t be enough— maybe he just isn’t enough.
Jack and Lucky risk getting caught in limbo between the past and present if they don’t have the strength to share the skeletons in their closets. To move forward together, they have to find the courage to look back…together.
I was eager to read this sequel. I really enjoyed the first book in the series as part of the Valentine novels in February. “Lost in Loveland” picks up a bit after the conclusion of book one. K-lee Klein embraced these two lovers and interjected just enough angst to keep it interesting.
Jack and Lucky are now in a new relationship as boyfriends. But they both have pasts that they have shared relatively little about with each other. The book picks up with them away at a hockey tournament that Lucky is participating in with his fellow team members. The team has accepted Jack as Lucky’s boyfriend and includes him in their gatherings. But when Lucky celebrates a bit too much, and then runs into a person from his past, things get complicated really fast. Add into that mix Jack’s needy sisters constantly pestering him and you have all kinds of skeletons that need to be discussed soon. This newest book in the series dives into these secrets and how they will affect the men and their budding relationship.
Lucky may be a big lumberjack-type but he is really a pussycat… until he hits the ice. Then his alpha-dominant persona looms large and imposing. Add a bit more alcohol that he usually drinks and his true colors seem to shine boldly. But he has worked hard to banish that person he used to be to become better person he is more comfortable being and can have self-respect. After an unfortunate encounter with one of Lucky’s ex hook-ups, things come to a head quickly and Lucky doesn’t have any more time left to explain his past.
Jack seems so put together and in control. In control of a class of kindergarteners. In control of his passion for art. And in control of Lucky. They have been taking things slow and discovering who their man is but that blows up when Jack’s sisters start pulling his strings. Jack has to return to Beverly Hills, to his past, to take care of business with the three women but it comes at a cost. Can he keep being in control and keep Lucky while protecting him from these ruthless women?
I think the side characters that add the most to this story are Lucky’s parents, Sal and Mel. They are the most understanding and supportive parents. Maybe a bit too involved with his life but that is out of love and concern. Lucky hasn’t always been as responsible as he is now. Love those two parents.
I enjoyed the newest segment of the the “Welcome to Loveland” series. Fun, caring characters that you want the best for. They can come across as somewhat reserved and a bit shy at times but are truly kind guys that are in love. A bit of light angst but a good read. Looking forward to what comes next.